Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:8
Let us continue on our series on the beatitudes: Cleanness of heart brings clearness of vision. One of the Beatitudes taught by Jesus is often misunderstood, largely due to the popular translations of it from the Greek text: “Blessed are the pure or clean of heart.” While the words “pure” and “clean,” means, “To be without admixture, to be simply one thing.” Hence it means to purely and simply be that one thing with nothing else mixed in. Another helpful way of translating the Greek meaning is “Blessed are the single-hearted.”
Being single-hearted helps us to focus on things which are necessary while removing our focus from the lot of the unnecessary baggage of modern life. Life gets simpler, and simplicity is a form of freedom that allows us to focus on what is important. This one line from the Beatitudes offers a most sublime guide on our Christian journey. Our ultimate goal as Christians is to see God, to spend eternity with Him, which begins with our baptism. This sixth Beatitude reminds us that seeing God, is a reward only to those who are pure in heart, not double minded, whose hearts are singly fixed on God. Whose hearts are not corrupted, whose hearts have not been mixed, compromised and hypocritical; whose hearts are immaculate, simple and unpretentious.
Father Raniero Cantalamessa wrote thus: ” Its most direct contrary is not impurity, but hypocrisy.” Hypocrisy is an evidence of a corrupted heart, a heart that plays pranks and is mischievous. “All our actions are honest and pleasing in the presence of God if they are done with a sincere heart, that is, with love as their goal…. Thus, it is not so much the action that must be considered but the intention with which it is done.” We must purify our hearts of every link to the world and to evil; in this way the heart of man will return to being that pure and limpid image of God. St. Augustine writes: “Only he who has shrugged off human praise and in his life, is concerned just to please God, who searches our conscience, has a simple, that is, pure heart.”
Is 7:10-14;8:10; Ps 40:7-8a.8b-9.10-11 (R.8a.9a); Heb 10:4-10; Accl Jn 1:14ab; Gosp Lk 1:26-38
Prayer Points:
1. Lord, inflame our hearts and our inmost beings with the fire of Your Holy Spirit, that we may serve You with chaste bodies and pure minds. Through Christ our Lord. Amen
2. Pray meditatively Psalms 51:10-12.
Exercise: Join the Daily Strength Prayer Network(DSPN) every Tuesday early morning prayer session. (TIME:1.00 am to 2.00 am) Venue: Your Private Prayer Chamber.
DSPN Prayer Points
1. Pray that the power of God will purge you of everything getting in the way of your salvation.
2. Pray for the conversion of souls, especially those in prisons and those sentenced to death.
3. Pray the “Healing Prayer of Surrender in “AMEN IT’S DONE” prayer booklet, page 71.
Meditation: 1 Samuel 16:7.